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Guard Your Enemies from Oppression —> Thomas Paine


He that would make his own liberty secure  must guard even his enemy from oppression;  for if he violates this duty  he establishes a precedent  that will reach to himself.  — Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1791)

He that would make his own liberty secure
must guard even his enemy from oppression;
for if he violates this duty
he establishes a precedent
that will reach to himself.
— Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1791)

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Liberty, Politics, Quotations

 

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The Inconvenience of Too Much Liberty <— Jefferson


"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed"

“We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed”

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.

Then it is important to strengthen the state governments: and as this cannot be done by any change in the federal constitution…it must be done by the states themselves, erecting such barriers at the constitutional line as cannot be surmounted either by themselves or by the general
government.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Archibald Stuart, on the need to defend States’ Rights against the Federal government

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Politics

 

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Many Laws = Corrupt Government <— Tacitus


When laws are carried out not only for the public good, but also to target and punish, it dos society great harm.

The more numerous the laws,
the more corrupt the government.

Publius Tacitus, Annals (117 AD)
(Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges)

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land <– Leviticus


For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? Corinthians 10:29

Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there.

It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.

Leviticus 25:10
Origin of the Quaker motto that was
inscribed on the Liberty Bell at the suggestion of Isaac Norris

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Liberty, Religion

 

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Frequent Punishment Means a Corrupt Government <– Rousseau


“We may add that frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or remissness on the part of the government.”

In a well-governed state, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a state is in decay that the multitudes of crimes is a guarantee of impunity.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract (1762)

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Politics, society

 

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Conservatism is Libertarian <– Ronald Reagan


Reagan appointee Ron Paul, sitting with The Gipper, himself

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.

I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

— Ronald Reagan, interview with Reason Magazine (1975)

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Liberty, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Freedom vs the Chains of Security <– Ron Paul


"We need a strong president, strong enough to resist the temptation of taking power the President shouldn’t have."

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference.

Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives.

Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

Ron Paul, Security and Liberty (2007)

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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